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HABITATS

Basingstoke, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Basingstoke, United Kingdom | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
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"Habitats share new song “Boogie Waltzer” — listen"

Habitats isn’t about a hierarchy. There’s not one member relegated to standing at the front of the stage, hyping up the crowd and basking in glory. The only thing that matters to the Hampshire, England dance-rock outfit is the groove. They band thrives in this lineup ambiguity, having different members take turns at lead vocals while the rest flesh it out with vibrant harmonies.

It’s with this idea in mind that they recorded their latest EP, Jungle, which will see a release in early 2016. The collection of songs were recorded at Waterfront Studios in Hudson Valley, New York, which has previously hosted fellow groove-worshipers Tokyo Police Club and The Charlatans. Now they’re giving a taste of what those undoubtedly funky sessions bore with their latest single “Boogie Waltzer”.

“‘Boogie Waltzer’ was written in the peak of our sexual enlightenment, coming straight out of college and heading into the abyss of clublife,” guitarist and vocalist Mike Lawford tells Consequence of Sound. “Half ode to John Travolta’s role in Saturday Night Fever, the other half is a message to all the paper pushers out there… live free without the need to prosper.”

Much like Lawford’s description, the song oozes with sensuality. The rumbling bass lines and thudding drums riding against the chopping guitar lines feel lifted from a bygone era yet updated with a modern indie rock aesthetic. It’s a call to arms when the band harmonizes on the chorus, singing, “Don’t you ever want to feel like someone else tonight?” There’s a sinister energy to their words, tempting the listener to fall into their hypnotic rhythms. - Consequence Of Sound


"Premiere: Habitats - 'Boogie Waltzer'"

Habitats have a tropical sense of groove, a songwriting sensibility that is packed with colour.

Perhaps that's a reaction to their Hampshire upbringing, to the rather staid suburbia they spent their teenage years in.
Itching to get out, the group recently flew out to New York to lay down some studio material. New EP 'Jungle' is set to follow, with Clash able to premiere the video for lead cut 'Boogie Waltzer'.
Opening with a commuter mulling over his static life, it's an incredible plea to get out there and live your life. Joe Payne:

"We live in a day an age where sometimes we can all seem a little too scared to come out from our shiny sea shells and have a little fun. Things like your image, reputation and what's deemed as "cool" can get the best of all of us at times. So this is a light hearted message to everyone out there to let your hair down once and a while and not worry about how much of a total weirdo you can be."

"We wrote and directed the DIY masterpiece on a Sunday morning/afternoon in Islington, carefully choosing the beautifully sombre locations of garages and the local park to give it that warm welcoming feeling. After five hours armed with a few beers, a bottle of whiskey and camera this is what we came up with. Christopher Nolan eat your heart out, thinking the next video will be a collaboration Adele and David Attenborough."

Check it out now. - Clash Magazine


"PREMIERE: HABITATS – “JUNGLES EP”"

Wonderland’s latest love is tropical four-piece, Habitats. Listen here.

In a scene saturated with same-y ‘woah-oh’ choruses and chirpy chords, south coast four-piece Habitats didn’t settle for plain old ‘indie’ and get lost inthe sea. Nope – on Facebook, they have self-proclaimed their musical genre as ‘tropical’; and just as it says on the tin, their typical British indie-esque jams are peppered with exotic beats and melodies – try and box it in to one genre if you dare. We’ve been listening to their brand new album Jungles, which in its juxtaposition of sounds is like mentally going to The Cotswolds via Polynesia.

The energetic and imaginative group have made a name for themselves in the capital, regularly playing at cult London haunts like The Shacklewell Arms and The Old Blue Last, as well as a slew of muddy festival dates during the summer, gaining a steady momentum of hype, pre-release early this year. Far from their humble beginnings in Hampshire, the quartet’s latest work was recorded in Hudson Studios, New York (where the likes of The Charlatans and Tokyo Police Club were also penned down), marking the start of a global takeover. Maybe 2016 will see them glamming it up at Coachella this year, instead of wading through a quagmire of tents at the British music festivals…

The Jungles EP is out now via Decibel Collective: listen in for a solid indie-pop base with lively, tropical grooves. If you like Foals and Friendly Fires, this has been made for you; if you’re desperately longing for some winter sun, this has been made for you. It is the kind of music you play whilst enduring a miserable English February which will get you over that last hurdle, before Spring hits. - Wonderland Magazine


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